Conference 2023

2023 OpenMRS Implementers' Conference

Improving the Quality of Care Using Emerging Technologies and Practices

31 July to 3 August 2023 Abuja Continental Hotel
Abuja, Nigeria

About the conference

Our annual implementers conference is a chance to share experiences, demo solutions, and dive into the questions and challenges facing OpenMRS developers and implementers worldwide.

We are community-driven. Our conferences follow a semi-unconferencing format, which features guest speakers while letting conference attendees determine and lead the breakout sessions, showcases, lightning talks, and demos.

The conference’s objectives, centred on the theme of improving the quality of care using emerging technologies and practices, aim to achieve the following:

    1. Experiences developing decision support systems.
    2. Building an embedding Machine Learning EMR for better patient management.
    3. Design approaches.
    4. Interoperability with other Health Information systems.

This year’s conference is broken down as follows:

  • Conference: 31 July to 3 August 2023
  • Hackathon: 4th and 5th August 2023

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Registration is ongoing and closes on 31 July 2023. The registration rates are as follows: Early bird $400 Regular registration $450 Late Registration $ 500


Sponsorships are important to the event, as it helps to ensure the conference is cost neutral and provides scholarship opportunities for members who would not be able to attend this annual event without this support.


The conference will be structured in a semi-unconference format. It comprises several pre-determined sessions/events, followed by open slots for the audience to propose sessions of their choice.

Travel Logistics


​Abuja International Airport, AKA Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, is the second largest airport in Nigeria. Several international airlines operate in Abuja. The airport is approximately 40km away from Abuja City Center. We will offer airport transfers to all registered participants to the recommended hotels.


You are required to complete a Health declaration form that is available online (click on the link above). The country has relaxed its COVID-19 regulations. However, you are encouraged to be fully vaccinated. One should also have a yellow fever vaccination. For more information on aspects you may need health-wise, check out: CDC traveler's Health Nigeria

Visa Application Process

To apply for a Nigerian Visa, it generally takes a minimum of two weeks, but this timeline can vary depending on your country of origin. It’s important to plan ahead and check the visa requirements at least a month in advance to ensure you have ample time for preparation. You can find the guidelines and application process information here and don’t forget to cross-check with your in-country Nigerian Consulate.   Here are some key things to keep in mind when applying for a Nigerian Visa:

  • If you need a visa letter or any other supporting document from Nigeria, you can contact or
  • Citizens of African countries can apply for a visa on arrival using this link.
  • To obtain your visa from your in-country Nigerian consulate, you’ll need to complete an online application form and make a payment through their online platfrom.
    • You’ll then need to submit your application, passport, and other supporting documentation (such as a passport photo on a white background, a letter of invitation, an introduction letter from your organisation, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) from the host organisation and a flight itinerary among others) to the consulate.
    • As you are attending a  conference, the ideal visa type is a Business Visa.
      • Note that there are multiple forms on the immigration website, so be sure to double-check which ones you need to submit (e.g., the Visa on arrival application form is different from the Visa application form).
  • If there’s no Nigerian Consulate near you and you’re not from an African country, you can submit your details via
    • You’ll need to provide your passport’s data page, a passport photograph, your flight tickets, and your accommodation reservation.
    • The visa fee will be shared with you upon receiving your details, but budget around $200 max, and you should have the cash on hand when you arrive at the airport.
  • If your country is not listed below, you’ll need a visa to visit Nigeria. The only countries that don’t require a visa are:

 Benin                     Burkina Faso          Cameroon             Cape Verde          Chad                      Côte d’Ivoire           Gambia                  Ghana              

 Guinea                   Guinea-Bissau       Liberia                    Mali                Niger                       Senegal                  Seychelles             Sierra Leone       



Abuja Continental Hotel

Abuja Continental is the recommended hotel for your stay in Abuja, Nigeria. Here are the details:

  • Address: 1 LADI Kwali Street, Wuse Zone 4, 904101, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Distance: It’s a 40-minute drive from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, a 5-minute walk or a 10-minute drive to the conference venue.
  • Website: 

The discounted rates that have been negotiated for you are as shown in the image. To access this rates use the information below:

Group Direct Booking Link- No login/Attendee Code needed:

Please keep in mind that double occupancy means one bed for two people and the hotel does not have twin beds available for double occupancy.

Note: The indicated rate is inclusive of Bed and Breakfast but excludes taxes and service charges

Alternative Accommodation Options

How to Participate

Lightning Talks

5 minute presentation where you can demo a solution, share or propose a technical approach or design, or talk about anything you think is important for our community to know about or engage with.

Implementer Showcase:

 5-10 minute show & tell presentations that focus on 1-2 of your most significant achievements and your three top priorities for 2022.  We also have some 10 minutes time slots set aside for showcases on specific themes, such as data exchange, user experience, implementation strategies, and professional capacity development.

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